Halo Nurses at Akron General are sponsored by the Akron General Foundation and provide support, education and stress management to patients who are referred by staff. The Halo Foundation, Inc., initiated in 1994, was the founder of the current Halo Nurse program, which is dedicated to aiding patients and their families during medical crises.
Halo Nursing Goals
To offer care that complements traditional medical care by providing patients with the physical, psychological and spiritual tools to deal more effectively with the stress and pain of serious illness.
Our team is comprised primarily of retired nurses whose focus is holistic nursing care, which includes stress management, therapeutic listening, relaxation techniques and guided imagery.
Halo Nurses visit hospitalized patients upon referral. Studies have shown that guided imagery can reduce anxiety, blood loss, post-operative pain and promotes faster healing. Halo Nurses also provide support to family members of patients, upon referral.
Referrals and Fees
Physicians, nurses and other staff members may refer patients to the Halo Nurse Program. This program is free and is supported by donations to the Akron General Foundation.
Patients and their families may request a Halo Nurse from their unit nurses.
A Chaplain is in the hospital and available 24 hours a day to patients, family and hospital staff, ministering to spiritual and emotional needs.
Patients may request a Chaplain or arrange a visit from their own clergy by asking their nurse, or calling the Spiritual Care Department.
Spiritual Care Department
Akron General Medical Center
1 Akron General Avenue
Akron, OH 44307
If it is an emergency, you can call the hospital operator and ask that the In-House Chaplain be paged.
The Chapel is located off the main lobby.
Our office is located on the 7th floor off of the Green Elevator.
Chapel Worship Services
The Chapel is open to all faiths and our services are designed to meet the needs of whoever attends. Our Chapel services are conducted by Chaplains.
10:30 - 11 a.m.
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
The Prayer Partners Program was implemented throughout the Akron General Medical Center in August 1999. Prayer request displays are located throughout the facility. Prayer requests are anonymous with the only information asked for and shared with the volunteers is first name, last initial and the reason for prayer. A volunteer commits to pray for this request every day for five days.
Special Services and Sacraments
The Spiritual Care Department can arrange and/or perform special services and sacraments, such as baptisms and communions.